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The Designer: Fabryan
Pride chats to founder Samantha Jane Agbontaen.

Why did you become a designer?
My mother was a dress designer and I used to take scraps of fabric to sew for my dolls. Although I didn’t study fashion and had no formal training, I wanted to become a designer as I reached a point in my career where I wanted to channel my creativity in a more personal way.

What is the inspiration behind the SS14 collection?
The Enchanted Gardens collection was inspired by the exotic flowers seen in Kew Gardens. I designed the print from Chinese roses and bird of paradise flowers; my love of nature was at the core of the collection.

Do you think it’s harder for black designer to ‘make it’?
I don’t think race has anything to do with success. The industry is incredibly hard and over saturated. I think that relentless hard work and determination are factors needed to be successful.

What is the biggest high for the label?
I had the opportunity to collaborate with Chopard for a Swiss magazine – their diamonds were amazing. However, I believe the best is yet to come!

What are your plans for the label in the future?
For Fabryan to continue growing stronger as a brand with every collection, in the UK and globally too.

The ‘IT’ bag:

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